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Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "ranks among the most underrated prospects in the entire 2015 draft," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Flowers lacks ideal height but his disproportionately long arms (34¼ inches), strength and toughness make him one of this year's better overall defensive ends -- and considering the talent among edge rushers in 2015, that's quite the accomplishment," Rang wrote. The three-year starter and two-time second-team All-SEC defender ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Flowers as the No. 89 overall player and colleague Dane Brugler projects him as a third-rounder.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 8:59 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior CB Jarred Collins "has a wiry, thin-limbed frame and can be out-muscled on the perimeter, but he plays with excellent play speed and isn't afraid to come downhill vs. the run," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

In his first year as starter in 2014, Collins led the SEC in pass break-ups (13). If he repeats the performance, the NFL is going to come calling. "Although he needs to clean up his break down skills, Collins is tough-minded with light feet to stay on top of receivers and compete for the ball at the catch point," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 7:36 PM

If his health checks out, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Arkansas TE A.J. Derby "is draftable as a developmental tight end or H-back who should continue and get better for a team that invests in him."

Derby has knee issues and is raw as a tight end, but the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has great physical tools, making him an intriguing Day 3 option in a weak TE class. "He lined up mostly inline and in the backfield and played on special teams in 2014, showing natural athletic traits that fit the position with adequate size," Brugler wrote. "His lack of length and strength stand out, the latter obviously is something he needs to improve at the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 5:59 PM

Arkansas DT Darius Philon "is still filling out his frame and will likely need a redshirt year as a rookie in the NFL because of his youth, but he has potential to be a mid-round pick and should at worst be a sub-package penetrating three-technique in a 4-3 scheme," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Philon is better known in college circles than in the NFL circles, but that could change. He committed to Alabama on signing day, but Nick Saban wanted him to greyshirt, making Philon a free agent. Many schools pounced, but he committed to Arkansas, redshirted in 2012, and was a big contributor for the past two years. "He started 18 games the past two seasons and flashed with his quick feet, active hands and low pad level to burst through gaps into the backfield," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 4:46 PM

Arkansas LB Martrell Spaight "is a quick read/react player with an overachieving attitude, but plays overaggressive and ends up taking wasted steps, limiting his effectiveness in space," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

NFLDraftScout.com ranks him as the No. 209 player in the class (No. 17 OLB) and Brugler projects him as a sixter-rounder. "It's easy to appreciate his game and there will be NFL coaches pounding the table on draft weekend in order to work with him, but he projects as more of a back-up at the next level and mid-to-late round pick," Brugler wrote. We basically agree with Brugler's entire assessment here. Spaight is a flash player with great aggression and a propensity for big hits, but he over-pursues and is out of position too often.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 3:44 PM

Arkansas junior TE Hunter Henry "is definitely on the short list of tight ends to watch next year," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The former top recruit posted 37 catches, 513 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. "The Little Rock product is a well-rounded tight end, showing the athleticism needed to be a mismatch in coverage, but also the toughness and point of attack strength to block inline," Brugler wrote. "Henry is extremely competitive at the catch point and shows a lot of the traits NFL scouts seek at the position for the next level." The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder runs a 4.79 40-yard dash.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 3:13 PM

Arkansas junior RB Alex Collins "needs to become more versatile on offense, but the natural talent is promising," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Collins hasn't been a factor in the passing game and had only three catches last year. "He reminds some scouts of Isaiah Crowell when he was at Georgia with the explosive lower body to slash through defenses, running low to the ground with balance to pick up yards after contact," Brugler wrote. Collins has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, becoming the first Razorback to do that since Darren McFadden. A third 1k season is in the offing if he stays healthy.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 2:40 PM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams "enters the 2015 season as one of the top senior running backs on the NFL radar," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He runs light for his build with the body strength to run through arm tackles, lowering his pads and driving his legs to pick up tough yards between the tackles," Brugler wrote. "Williams had a bad habit of running upright, but he has shifty feet and clean lateral burst to juke and quickly regain his momentum." The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams rushed for 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns last season on 188 carries and averaged 91.5 yards per game and 5.6 yards per rush.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 1:55 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "projects best as a 4-3 defensive end who is at his best taking on blocks and setting the edge as a stout run defender, projecting as a top-100 pick," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

NFLDraftScout.com ranks Flowers as the No. 89 overall player and Brugler projects him as a third-rounder; both proclamations sound about right. "Although he doesn't have the gaudy production of other defensive end prospects, Flowers has NFL size/strength dimensions and was consistently effective since arriving at Arkansas, doing his best work against the run," Brugler wrote. "He doesn't cheat himself and uses every asset in his bag of tricks to make plays, showing the mentality for the trenches to do the dirty work." Flowers ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. "Flowers is a tight mover and lacks dynamic athleticism, but effectively uses his power and plays passionate and tough with the high energy level to always go full speed," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 12:49 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "is a powerful, explosive, consistent player who should win more than his share of battles in the NFL regardless of where he lines up along the defensive front," noted NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"I want them to talk about my run defense," Flowers said at the combine. "Just being in the league I was in, the SEC - it's a run league. So if you're stopping the run in one of the top running leagues in the nation, then you must be a pretty good player." Indeed, Flowers' stoutness in the run game is a major factor in his evaluation. "Although even he admits his strength is stopping the run -- evidenced by 17 career tackles for a loss (second in school history) -- Flowers still led the team with five sacks among his 63 tackles last season," Cooney wrote. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote earlier this month that Flowers could "play a Pernell McPhee-like role in a 3-4 scheme or operate as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3 alignment."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 16 - 1:29 AM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout.

That's roughly a tenth of a second better than the 4.93 time he posted at the Combine. On Thursday, Flowers worked out as both a defensive end and linebacker. "The 6-foot-2 266-pounder is a good athlete for his compact frame but showed some stiffness when flipping his hips in linebacker drills and shows only normal (rather than explosive) acceleration," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He's a savvy, physical pass rusher who could play a Pernell McPhee-like role in a 3-4 scheme or operate as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3 alignment." Flowers was a disruptive college end who showed well against future NFL prospects, including Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 10:42 PM

Arkansas TE A.J. Derby was clocked in the low 4.7s at his pro day workout and "showed crisp routes and secure hands during his positional drills," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Derby wasn't able to participate at the Combine, so this workout was crucial for him. Derby, a former QB who transferred over from Iowa via a JUCO, is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and has the wheels befitting of a former dual-threat signal-caller. In terms of stock, he's a more polished and less hyped version of Blake Bell. Because the tight end class is horrid this year, Derby could potentially make a late move up boards -- there's only so many to go around.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 9:26 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah is "anxious" to see Arkansas DT Darius Philon at the Combine.

"He's an effective interior pass rusher with quick hands/feet. Plays with good leverage too," Jeremiah tweeted. Arkansas listed Philon as 6'2/272 lbs, which is not the conventional size of an every down defensive tackle. However, rotations along the defensive fronts are becoming more and more important. If Philon can disrupt, and test like an athlete for the position, he could produce early.
Feb 14 - 3:58 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers is "a pure power rusher," according to NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

Flowers is "not very loose but plays with leverage and power at point of attack," per Jeremiah. The question is if Flowers the necessary traits to convert speed to power. Few edge players win with just power, as they have to threat with upfield quickness in order to force their opposition to respect edge moves. Flowers is likely more limited than other rushers in this class.
Feb 10 - 10:37 AM

Arkansas signed HC Bret Bielema to a two-year contract extension.

Bielema is now signed through December of 2020, with his new deal averaging $4.25 million over six years. Bielema turned down the Nebraska job in December, perhaps having been given assurance that an extension was coming. "Coach Bret Bielema is not only one of the best college football coaches in the nation, he is an outstanding leader," athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. "What Coach Bielema and his coaching staff have done for our young men, on and off the field, is something that has dramatically changed the course of our program and most importantly positively impacted the lives of our football student-athletes."
Feb 7 - 8:36 PM


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